Atta-ur-Rahman Khalid, Missionary, Ireland
After a break of two years, Majlis Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya Ireland successfully held its 5th annual Ijtema on 17 and 18 September 2022 at the Maryam Mosque in Galway.
Atfal travelled from all around the country to take part in the two-day event, which was on the theme, “Blessings of Khilafat”.
On Saturday morning, the day began with congregational tahajjud and Fajr prayers followed by dars of the Holy Quran.
The Ijtema formally began with the opening session, chaired by Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Ireland, Dr Rizwan Ahmad Sahib. During his welcoming address, Sadr sahib reminded atfal of the recent guidance of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa at the concluding session of MKA UK Ijtema 2022, about safeguarding one’s prayers, abstaining from falsehood and keeping good company. Some short clips were also played from Huzoor’s address.
Over the course of the two days, atfal participated in academic and sports competitions based on their age groups.
This year, Atfal also had a chance to enjoy indoor games at “The Hub” and a tuck shop was also set up for them.
On Saturday evening, atfal enjoyed a special sitting with Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, where they were able to interact and freely ask questions. A similar session was held the next day with Missionary-in-Charge Ireland, Ibrahim Noonan Sahib in which atfal were able to ask him various questions, including about his journey from Christianity to Islam Ahmadiyyat.
A special exhibition was set up on “A Diamond of Khilafat: Syed Taalay Shaheed”. Guided tours were given to all three age groups, to instil in them the love and obedience to Khilafat which Syed Taalay Shaheed had displayed to a very high standard.
On Sunday, atfal were able to watch Huzoor’s live concluding address, delivered at the Lajna Imaillah UK Ijtema.
The Ijtema concluded with the final session, chaired by the National President of Jamaat Ireland, Dr Muhammad Anwar Malik Sahib.
During the course of the Ijtema, it was apparent that the atfal were happy and enjoyed the various activities of the Ijtema.